10 Years (2012)
Channing Tatum plays Jake, who is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) and ready to propose—until he runs into his high school flame (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in ten years. Jake’s friend Cully (played by funnyman Chris Pratt) married his cheerleader girlfriend (Ari Graynor), and has been looking forward to the reunion so he can finally apologize to all the classmates he bullied in high school. However, after a few too many drinks, the jock-turned-family man ends up reverting back to his old ways instead. Meanwhile, longtime rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J (Max Minghella) spend the night still trying to one-up each other to impress the coolest girl in class (Lynn Collins), who now has a secret. The famous one of the group, Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is now well-known musician, but is still too shy to talk to the high school crush (Kate Mara) who inspired his one hit wonder.
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10 Years Theatrical Review
Jake (Channing Tatum) and his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) hang out with friends from high school history, approaching their 10-year reunion. He runs into his high school girlfriend (Rosario Dawson), who he did not expect to see at the reunion.
Initially, I was skeptical of the pairing of Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella), because it felt awkward and forced. However, as the movie progressed, I saw where it was going. It wasn't so much an experience of awkwardness as that these two characters hadn't grown up.
Acting from all performers worked, because they made it believable. It felt like I was at my own high school reunion with these characters. You had the class jock (Chris Pratt) and his cheerleader wife (Ari Graynor). Some of you may remember that High School wasn't always so easy. You had to be popular and if you weren't part of the "it crowd", you were pretty much nothing and you felt that way.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Lake Howell High School was actually the name of the high school in Winter Park, Florida that Director Jamie Linden attended - a clear sign that he drew inspiration from his own high school experience. I look forward to seeing what's next for Writer/Director Jamie Linden, supposing this confessional streak continues.
If I had to sum up this movie, this was like going back in time for me, with characters from my high school. Some of my former classmates had grown, and others, well, not so much. In actor sightings, I enjoyed spotting Nick Zano (What I Like About You) and Ron Livingston (Sex and the City, Office Space).
10 Years is definitely worth seeing on a girls' night or date night out.
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